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One-party system is bad in Maryland too [Letter]

In his Oct. 21 column, Mitch Edelman wrote that government works best when both political wings are strong and functional. He laments that Carroll County is reliably and almost exclusively Republican. I agree with him. It's a betrayal of our political system when the wishes and desires of a large segment of the citizenry are ignored simply because they belong to the other party.

I am so upset about this situation that I'm going to write my Congressman, Roscoe Bartlett, and see what he can do to rectify this state of affairs. Oh, wait, Bartlett isn't my Congressman anymore. In fact, he didn't even get re-elected. How did that happen? Could it be that our Democratic governor conspired with the Democratic House of Delegates and state Senate to gerrymander Bartlett's district to ensure that he wouldn't be re-elected? I guess it didn't matter to the Democrats that the citizens of Carroll County liked Bartlett. Party politics was more important.

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When Republican Robert Ehrlich was governor he wanted to bring casino gambling to Maryland, but the Democrat-controlled legislature refused to discuss it. But now that a Democrat is governor, we have casinos from the Eastern Shore to Western Maryland. Jobs, regional development, tax revenues simply weren't as important as Democratic power politics.

On the federal level, after Barack Obama's election, when the Democrats controlled the House and the Senate, they didn't ask the Republicans for ideas, opinions, input of any kind. They just rammed Obamacare down Americans' throats whether they wanted it or not.

I don't remember Edelman complaining about these examples of one-party rule, so my conclusion is that he isn't as concerned about one-party governments as he is about which party it is that's governing.

Jeff Copoulos

Manchester

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